This year, the JLL is participating in the Association of Junior League International’s (AJLI) Community Impact Model as a part of the Transformation Rollout.
AJLI’s new strategic approach to community impact is defined by three distinct elements: listening to our community’s needs and responding with well-designed strategies to effect change, creating opportunities to develop members’ community and civic leadership potential, and creating meaningful and long-lasting community change. This model provides the tools to select a community focus and implement effective programs based on a thoughtful and well-researched focus area, and will enable the League to make a greater impact by focusing on specific issues rather than individual projects.
The JLL’s Community Impact team began meeting in June and is meeting monthly throughout the 2018-19 year to research, plan, and select a focus area. In order to assess the most pressing needs of residents, they plan to host a series of community roundtable discussions, located in the Ivey Room in the YWCA of Central Virginia on 626 Church Street on the following dates:
- January 17 at 5:30pm: Violence against Women (domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, etc.)
- January 17 at 7:00pm: Children and Families (childcare, education, family services, early childhood development, etc.)
- January 24 at 6:00pm: Basic Needs (food insecurity, homelessness, poverty, mental health, etc.)
Professionals in related fields, nonprofit organizations serving those affected by these issues, and city officials are invited to participate. Data from these discussions provide the JLL with insight into various issues affecting the community and inform our efforts to help make the greatest impact in Lynchburg.
Anyone interested in participating in the roundtables is asked to RSVP by January 11, 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making a difference in our community is one of the main reasons women join the JLL. It is our goal to stay true to our legacy of nearly 100 years of service to the Lynchburg area, while ensuring we remain an active and relevant member of the community for many years to come. Please feel free to contact us with questions or for more information.